Learn the basic principles for how to create child-friendly cities with and for children!
Training Option I:
Participatory Planning with Children and Youth
Across the world, hundreds of decisions are made each day that affect children. Yet, rarely are the voices of young people considered. Learn how a unique partnership in Boulder, Colorado, is seeking to change this. The Growing Up Boulder program has engaged 7,500 children and youth and 1,500 university students in important policy and planning decisions. We’ll explore why youth participation matters and share real-life case studies that may be similar to situations you have at home. Be sure to save space in your toolkit, because we’ll also highlight techniques we’ve found most effective. Together, we’ll participate in a fun feedback activity, after which we’ll curate themes and show how they might be acted upon. You might be surprised by what you hear!
Our "Participatory Planning Training with Children and Youth" has been voted as one of the top workshops at the 2020 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) North American Conference.
Training Option II:
A Child-Friendly City Map: How and Why to Make One in Your Community
Growing Up Boulder created the US’s first child-friendly city and teen-friendly city map in 2019! These maps, available in both digital and printed form, highlight the city’s most child-friendly recreational, cultural, and educational locations and have been wildly successful. Map designs were co-created with nearly 1,200 young people and their families, more than 50% of whom were from historically marginalized groups. Not only did the map-making process give children and parents a voice in their community, but the process served as an assessment for the child-friendliness (or not) of the city. Data collected has informed city priorities and new child-friendly locations. Through this interactive training, participants will learn the many benefits of co-designing child-friendly city maps and will walk away with a guide for how to embark upon a similar process for their own communities.
Our interactive, fun, and informative trainings take between 90-120 minutes and are held via Zoom. [Note: in-person trainings will incur additional travel fees]
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